Chill out on Central Oregon's Metolius River

Check into a rustic resort cabin for fishing, hiking, and plenty of peace and quiet
Bonnie Henderson

The clear, swift, free-flowing water of Central Oregon's Metolius River has made it a magnet to fly-fishermen who catch and release year-round.

But in summer, the river is also a wonderful place for non-anglers to enjoy the simple pleasures of easy days and mellow nights.

Based in the charming town of Camp Sherman, you can walk among the incense cedars and Douglas firs lining the river banks, sit on the porch at an old-fashioned riverfront resort cabin with a cool drink and a good book, and, at night, listen to the music of the river through open windows as they drift off.

TRAVELING TO THE METOLIUS RIVER

Camp Sherman is about 15 miles north of Sisters, off U.S. 20. The Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce (541/549-0251) can help with trip planning. Pick up Imus Geographics' Metolius River area map ($8) at the Camp Sherman Store.

WHAT TO DO

Black Butte and Metolius River Trails. Both are closed to bikes, but other trails in the area are open to them. Sisters Ranger District (541/549-7700).

Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. Free. 7500 Forest Service Rd. 14; 541/595-6611.

WHERE TO EAT

Camp Sherman Store. Enjoy your burger or deli sandwich on a bench in front of the store. $. 541/595-6711.

Kokanee Café. Elegant entrées like grilled wild salmon with Oregon wasabi and elk osso bucco with morel mushrooms. $$$. At entrance to Metolius River Resort (541/595-6420).

 

WHERE TO STAY

For camping information, contact the Sisters Ranger District (541/549-7700).

Cold Springs Resort & RV Park. Park your motorhome or rent a small but well-equipped modern cabin on the Metolius with lots of windows for river views. Cross a footbridge to reach Camp Sherman Store and hiking trails. From $154; $28 for RV sites; 25615 Cold Springs Resort Lane; www.coldsprings-resort.com or 541/595-6271.

Metolius River Lodges. Older resort offers a collection of cabins from various eras perched right on the river, from a small duplex with microwave and fridge to a large home with full kitchen. From $95. 12390 S.W. Forest Service Rd. 1419; www.metoliusriverlodges.com or 800/595-6290.

Metolius River Resort. Eleven newish cabins, set back off the river, are elegantly furnished in an upscale rustic style. All have kitchens and stone fireplaces, most have river views, and some allow children. No pets. From $205. 25551 S.W. Forest Service Rd. 1419; www.metoliusriverresort.com or 800/818-7688.